Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Giannis' Triple-Double Propels Bucks Past Blazers

Giannis' Triple-Double Propels Bucks Past Blazers

He was one of six Blazers players to score in double figures with Kent Bazemore adding 22 off the bench and Anthony contributing 18.

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"Giannis is Giannis" mentioned the 35-year-old American forward on the reigning MVP, "He's a tough check". We loaded up on him. "I think there's been a little bit of improvement there and I think that's just going to make us hopefully harder to guard".

Antetokounmpo added 24 points and 19 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 30 points and the Bucks never trailed on the way to a sixth straight win.

"I couldn't get going offensively", Antetokounmpo said. "They were able to knock down shots".

"I tried to find my teammates and they were in the right spots. I just did half of the work and my teammates did the rest".

DiVincenzo also added 16 points, to extend his career long streak of double-digit scoring to four games, while Wesley Matthews added 12 points.

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"I remember that game like it was yesterday, it was the first game that my family came and watched so I was really excited, I was trash talking, I was getting into Melo", Antetokounmpo said.

With Lillard out, McCollum stepped up, recording a season-high 37 points and 10 assists.

Signed in July as a free agent, Gasol, 39, did not play a game this season while trying to recover from surgery on his left foot.

Milwaukee opened the contest by making its first seven shots - including three from 3-point range - to seize a 17-6 lead before Portland answered with a 12-2 run of its own. "I know it's early, but it's very, very important for us".

Budenholzer has diversified the offense this season by using Antetokounmpo as a passer in different situations out of the point guard position, in the post and off pick-and-rolls. We have to be aware of it. "We needed it. Obviously, rebounding was a big factor tonight and we could have used a few more". "We gotta do it with five guys".

Lining up against Anthony offered a sense of "deja vu" said Antetokounmpo, whose first career start in the National Basketball Association came in a game against Anthony's New York Knicks in December of 2013. The date was December 18, 2013.

Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 19 rebounds in the Bucks' 137-129 win, but his career-best 15 assists most caught the attention of coach Mike Budenholzer. Carmelo scored 29 points in New York's victory.

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